Did you know that more adults than ever before are discovering the power of orthodontics? Today, nearly one in four orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. Whether you have never had treatment before, or if you had treatment as a child and have seen your smile shift, there is no time like the present to discover the way a new smile can change your life.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in you and offers significant benefits. A straighter smile can help boost your self-image and help you greet the world with confidence. The power of orthodontic treatment goes far past just the cosmetic benefits.

A straighter smile often means a healthier smile, and a properly-aligned bite means healthier and stronger teeth. Crooked, crowded, and otherwise misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean. These issues can lead to an increased risk for cavities and gum disease. A poorly-aligned bite can place excessive wear and tear on the teeth due to the abnormal pressure being placed when biting down. This type of bite can lead to erosion of the enamel, chipping, cracking, and breaking.

There are more treatment options available than ever before, however, it is important to remember that treatment will differ for adult patients than for our adolescent patients. Teeth can be moved at any time, but adult patients will have issues that differ from our younger patients.

First, as an adult, you do not have the benefit of a jaw that is still growing. If your orthodontic issue is related to improper jaw development, your treatment may be more intensive.

Adults also have other dental issues that most adolescents do not. Periodontal disease is very common and affects nearly half of adults over the age of 30. While common, it can wreak havoc on a smile and make orthodontic treatment more difficult. Gum disease can cause loss of bone which can negatively affect long-term orthodontic results. Before orthodontic treatment can begin, periodontal disease will need to be treated and under control.

Adult patients benefit from the many advances in the orthodontic world, resulting in more treatment options than ever before. Today, you can choose from metal braces or clear aligners, and everything in between.

No matter what treatment option you choose, the mechanics of moving your teeth are the same. The appliance applies a constant, yet gentle, force to the teeth to guide them to their ideal locations. Innovations in the orthodontic world have led to a variety of methods to achieve these results. The treatment option that is right for you is as personal as your smile.

After the active phase of your orthodontic treatment is finished, you will enter the retention phase. You worked hard while in treatment, and we want to ensure that the hard work stays permanent. Retainer wear is the only way to guarantee that your smile will stay as straight and aligned as the day your braces are removed. It takes time for the bones, tissues, and ligaments of your mouth to adjust to all of the movement that was created during treatment. A retainer allows them to solidify in their new locations so they can better anchor the teeth in their new positions. Dr. Pavlo will explain retainer wear at the end of your treatment – what retainer is recommended, how to care for it, and his recommendations for wearing your retainer.